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un. that is why the opportunity presented its when a basketball star named dennis rodman and his recent visit should not be completely dismissed as trivial. by my calculation, dennis rodman has now spent more face time with north korea's new leader than any other american. as i recall, mr. chairman, we were dismissive of the invitation that the american ping-pong or table tennis team received to visit china while playing in a tournament in the japan in april 1971. china, with a legacy of the korean war and ongoing great culture revolution, was much a pariah state as north korea is depicted today. however, it should be noted that this so-called ping-pong diplomacy changed world history with the american president named richard nixon awe arrive -- nixon arriving in beijing less than a year later. it is my understanding president kim jong un loves basketball. sometimes sports, mr. chairman, can have a process result on diplomacy. as i noted in a recent article in a korean newspaper as only nixon can go to china, it now seems that my opinion at the height of the renewed tensions of t
>> first thing i would do is send dennis rodman over. [laughter] the truth is the first thing i would do is i would ask them why they are doing what they're doing. i really like to hear from him personally because we know of course what his surrogate are doing. i would like to know from him by their defeat -- if they -- you know in that region the three countries that have as many countries, iran, turkey and egypt are the cornerstone of that region. does that mean we want to be like any of them or anyone else want to be like thatcome up with have to account for the fact those three countries are the historic cornerstones are endpoints of that region. the first thing at the know is what is it they believe the future holds for the region and why are they apparently it seems to me on a path to try to dredge up old animosities among sunni and shia things that frankly in this time in world history should be able to find a more peaceful way to pursue. what are their economic aspirations? what are the aspirations of the persian people? again, by the ink their current behavior will achi
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